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The elected mayor: lessons from overseas

Colin Copus

in Leading the Localities

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780719071867
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701379 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719071867.003.0007
The elected mayor: lessons from overseas

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This chapter discusses the approach to mayoral local government in the US, Italy, Japan, Germany and Canada. The Italian mayoral system has shifted the balance of local political power in favour of the mayor over the council. The strong US mayor has very real executive political authority. Japanese elected mayors are responsible for the quality and consistency of the services provided by the authority and for the conduct of all the affairs of the local authority. There are three levels of political authority within the German system. The German elected mayor can be faced with the strongest of all checks on the power of political office. The political power of the Canadian elected mayor rests on a recognition of the legitimacy provided to the office-holder by the public vote. The nature of party political power and dynamics and the role of party politics in the localities influence the mayoral office.

Keywords: elected mayors; mayoral local government; US; Italy; Japan; Germany; Canada; local political power; political authority; mayoral office

Chapter.  10088 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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